back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

I Took the Pieces You Threw Away

Folk and Self-Taught Art

Search and Share Tools

I Took the Pieces You Threw Away

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Howard Finster
American, 1916–2001

Date

1986

Medium

Paint on metal, glitter, and wire

Accession #

1994.211

Dimensions

12 3/4 x 40 x 1 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

Finster took the words of this hand-lettered sign, which once graced his front porch, from his own poem chronicling the creation of Paradise Garden, the environment of buildings, sculptures, and paintings he created and objects he found or collected from local dumps and other sites. The background spaces between the letters are filled with multi-colored dots and Finster’s iconic, stylized angels.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Cousins Foundation, Inc., and donors to the Paradise Project Campaign

Image Copyright

© Howard Finster/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York